Hours after taking the oath of office, President Biden sat down for the first time in the Oval Office, moving to undo former President Trump’s legacy.
Sitting at the Resolute Desk, the president signed 17 executive orders meant to target and dismantle policies that he said caused “the gravest damage” to the nation. These orders will sweep aside Trump’s pandemic response, reverse much of his environmental agenda, tear down his anti-immigration policies, bolster the sluggish economic recovery and restore federal efforts aimed at promoting diversity.
Biden recommitted the U.S. to the Paris climate agreement, the international accord designed to avert catastrophic global warming, and ordered federal agencies to start reviewing and reinstating more than 100 environmental regulations that Trump weakened or rolled back. Also on Wednesday, Biden rescinded the construction permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would have helped transport carbon-heavy oil from the Canadian oil sands to the Gulf Coast.
Biden, too, terminated Trump’s efforts to leave the World Health Organization, sending Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease specialist, to participate in the group’s annual executive board meeting on Thursday. On the immigration front, Biden repealed two Trump-era proclamations that established a ban on travel to the U.S. from several predominantly Muslim and African countries, ending one of his predecessor’s earliest actions to limit immigration.
And, in a move that will reverse one of Trump’s signature initiatives, Biden halted construction of Trump’s border wall — which was devised to keep migrants out of the country — while his administration examines the legality of the wall’s funding and its construction contracts.
Source, The Newyork Times